Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Open Access Week 2013

OPEN ACCESS WEEK – 21/27 October 2013

In association with Open Access Week, we would like to highlight CADAIR, Aberystwyth University’s own open access window to AU staff and student research, giving access to peer-reviewed papers not hidden behind a subscription wall.

Today Cadair is populated with articles through AU’s research management system PURE which sends articles appropriate for Open Access to Cadair once any embargo periods have passed.  From the CADAIR start page, staff papers can be searched using author names or keywords, or browsed by Department/Communities or by more specific subject collections.

The major exception to this are the AU theses, for which the records and associated files are loaded directly to CADAIR.  Thesis records are gathered together in the CADAIR Postgraduate Publications collection but can also be found in the relevant departmental collections. 

Most major academic publishers (e.g. CUP, OUP, Wiley, Elsevier, Sage) will now allow either gold open access publishing or green open access depositing of papers in their journals. Gold open access papers are funded for by authors paying “Article Processing Charges”, otherwise known as APCs in advance of publication, allowing all readers to read the paper on the publisher’s website with no subscription charges.  Major journals therefore often now contain both open-access papers (open-to-all) and standard papers which are open only to subscribers or subscribing institutions. Aberystwyth University has received some APC funding for gold open access publishing from the HE Funding Councils.  If you wish to make enquiries about using these funds to support your research papers being published on “gold open access”, please contact

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

e-books via ebrary

Screen shot of ebrary logo
E-books are proving to be an excellent and practical alternative to paper books, allowing greater access on and off campus to vital study materials 24 hours a day.  Ebrary is a fantastic new resource for students of all disciplines.  Paper is close to the heart of many, but ebrary makes it easy to access, use and annotate e-books and will win over many who previously avoided them.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A new collaborative research agreement


A new collaborative research agreement has been signed between the National Science Foundation and the RCUK designed to help support international research partnerships between the US and the UK,  It will enable a simplified and flexible process for researchers wishing to apply for UK-US collaborative research funding, with proposals being submitted to either the NSF or RCUK (using the standard year-round responsive funding streams) depending on where the greatest portion of the research is to be carried out. Successful projects will receive funds from both agencies, with the NSF funding US researchers, and RCUK funding UK researchers.

Initial implementation will be focused on the NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) in partnership with ESRC, AHRC and BBSRC

Details at:

Steve Smith
Academic Services Group
Hugh Owen Library